Friday, April 22, 2022

S.E.X Review~ The Bachelor and The Cherry by V. L. Locey

 





Cover Design: Meredith Russell

Length: 63,000 word approx.

Campo Royale Series

Book #1 - The Viking and the Drag Queen - All Buy Links

Is he brave enough to stop hiding behind his persona and give love one final try?

Jordan Stevens has crammed a lot of living into his fifty years. Some of those years have been good, some bad, and some he would just as soon forget. The world isn't always kind to an aging queen. Lovers begin to scamper into forbidden fields, your padding tends to slip, and you spend more time with egg whites than most pastry chefs. Heartache is nothing new to the man who embodies the acid-tongued Sitka Patel on stage every night, which led Jordan to vow to never trust another man under eighty again. He has his club, his drag family, and his Bombay cat, Heckle. Who needs the hassle? That philosophy had served him well until a stunning young thing with dark chocolate eyes shows up at the back door of Campo Royale with a suitcase, a sad story, and a dream.

From the time he was old enough to spell the word sequin, Yampier Perez knew that someday he'd be wearing them. One of three children born to Cuban immigrants, Yampier was always a little glitzier than the other neighborhood boys. His love of fashion design and performance arts was barely tolerated at home and even less so in the hallways of his rural Georgia high school. Yet, Yampier never let his light to be doused, not even the day his older brother caught him modeling his sister's prom dress. Beaten, disowned, and on his own before graduation, he found himself having to work seedy jobs, doing even seedier things, until he saved enough cash to head to the Big Apple. That money has now run out, leaving him stuck in Wilmington with no food, no place to stay, and no family. Little does he know that stumbling into the Campo Royale Club, half frozen and weak from hunger, is about to bring him everything he has yearned for.

The Bachelor and the Cherry is a slow burn gay age gap romance that features an aging drag queen, a virginal newcomer, lots of sass, wigs galore, hurt/comfort, family found, and a richly sequined happy ending.



USA Today Bestselling Author V.L. Locey – Penning LGBT hockey romance that skates into sinful pleasures.

V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, Torchwood and Dr. Who, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, a pair of geese, far too many chickens, and two steers.

When not writing spicy romances, she enjoys spending her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in one hand and a steamy romance novel in the other.



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The Bachelor and The Cherry was witty and sweet. The second in V.L. Locey’s Campo Royale series, I’m finding I am falling in love with a entire set of new characters.

Jordan, aging queen and owner of a drag club was larger than life as he waded through business and love. Yampier, a much younger man who landed on Campo’s doorstep, took a chance in his feelings for the older man in search of his happily ever after.

The dynamics between the two very different men meshed, creating a dynamic that eased the storyline along. While difficult topics skimmed beneath the surface, I found the book refreshing and witty.

The snip and snap of the men who became queens, the very dramatic yet loving housekeeper, Jordan’s outspoken aunt, and eventually Yampier’s sister - all added to the appeal of the club and the lives they integrated.

Can an aging queen and a young buck mix and match? Only Ms. Locey could pull this off – and yes, she did.

Definite S.E.X.

A five handcuff review


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2022 ©Evelise Archer All rights reserved. This is a work of fiction. All names, characters, locations, and incidents are products of the author’s imagination, or have been used fictionally. Any resemblance to actual persons living or dead, locales, or events is entirely coincidental. No portion of this work may be transmitted or reproduced in any form, or by any means, without permission in writing from the author.

Sunday, April 17, 2022

S.E.X. Review~ Uprising By Annabelle Jacobs

Isaac had lost Michael once. He wouldn’t survive a second time…

Michael

Five years ago, he became the alpha of the most influential London pack. Responsible for monitoring and suppressing the human resistance, also known as the Candidate Evacuation Group.
A group he’d secretly founded.
Now exposed and on the run, labelled a traitor by his peers, he finds refuge in the home of the man he left behind. The only man he’s ever loved.
For Michael, that love burns as bright as it always has, but they’ve been apart a long time. He can’t expect Isaac to still feel the same.
But he can hope.


Isaac

When Michael left for London after the war, he took Isaac’s heart with him, promising to return when the time was right. But that took longer than either of them expected.
Now he’s back, with the whole of the Shifter Alliance Party out for his blood. But being together is hard. Long-buried feelings bubble to the surface, and rekindling an old romance is low on the list of priorities—they have a rebellion to fight.
Isaac will protect Michael with his life.
Always.
But trusting him with his heart again isn’t nearly as easy.


Uprising by Annabelle Jacobs was everything that I hoped in the continuation of the Rebellion series. This particular book focused on Michael and Isaac, separated for five long years as their work with CEG took precedence over their potential mating.

There are a few things that I truly like about the series. One, Ms. Jacobs never failed to keep past characters resurfacing in subsequent books as they are all important in the overarching theme. Two, Ms. Jacobs delivered twist and turns which the reader would not expect, keeping us on the edge of our seats. And three, Ms. Jacobs gave all her characters life, edge, and intrigue.

Michael and Jacob captured my attention and they never let go. The author allowed them to create their own flow which traversed throughout the book in good and bad times. They created their own HEA, not forced but worked for- probably my favorite couple to date.

Ms. Jacobs has the uncanny knack of writing edgy scenes that take the reader to the brink, yet never lets us fall. Instead, we hang on every word in the hopes that the next sentence, paragraph, scene, will bring us full circle.

A book and series not to be missed.

Definite S.E.X.

A five handcuff review

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2022 ©Evelise Archer All rights reserved. This is a work of fiction. All names, characters, locations, and incidents are products of the author’s imagination, or have been used fictionally. Any resemblance to actual persons living or dead, locales, or events is entirely coincidental. No portion of this work may be transmitted or reproduced in any form, or by any means, without permission in writing from the author.

S.E.X. Review~ Stronger Together by Jamie Lynn Miller

One unexpected kiss. Two lives turned upside down.

Working for British Intelligence, agents Liam Bancroft and Colin Mason live a life of danger, on the razor’s edge. They’ve seen it all, done it all, trusting one another unequivocally with their very lives. Partners. Best mates. Their bond unbreakable.

Until one assignment changes everything…

It should’ve been nothing more than a simple, innocent kiss to save their cover and their mission. But instead, it sends Colin fleeing on a difficult journey of self-discovery and Liam fearing he’s irrevocably destroyed their friendship beyond repair.

Against the backdrop of a quaint cottage in the sleepy English countryside, painful secrets are revealed, long-buried feelings rise to the surface and two men learn for the first time in their lives what it truly means to be in love.


As a fan of Ms. Miller, especially her Shadow Unit series, I looked forward to reading her new book. Stronger Together, Partners 1 was a nice read. Set in the 1970s, and not present day, the author did a nice job of capturing the decade. In saying that, there were times that I felt as if I was in and Austin Powers movie, but enjoyed the book nonetheless.

Liam and Colin were partners in the British Secret Service and made an amazing team on the force. Unfortunately, their secret desires of more were unbeknownst to each other until a forced vacation led them to a secluded cottage where they were able to act on their feelings.

Ms. Miller gave us nice quips, banter between two likable characters, and sexy scenes. I look forward to seeing the direction the series will take as 1970s was not even a ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ atmosphere, but a termination one where acceptance was not a thing. I hope to see Liam and Colin grow in their love for each other and in their support.

Sexy and Sizzling

A four handcuff review

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2022 ©Evelise Archer All rights reserved. This is a work of fiction. All names, characters, locations, and incidents are products of the author’s imagination, or have been used fictionally. Any resemblance to actual persons living or dead, locales, or events is entirely coincidental. No portion of this work may be transmitted or reproduced in any form, or by any means, without permission in writing from the author.

Thursday, April 14, 2022

S.E.X. Review~ Influenced by Felice Stevens

A MILLION LIKES vs. ONE TRUE LOVE

Bryce Bauman is one half of a famous influencer couple…until his boyfriend dumps him and puts the whole ugly scene online.
Several months later, Bryce is at the end of his rope—he’s lost all his endorsements, along with his so-called friends. Licking his wounds, he escapes to the tiny town of Serenity, Pennsylvania, where he’s surrounded by too much nature and quiet. And…the hot as hell owner of the bed-and-breakfast who makes him think there might be life beyond what’s on a screen.

Matty Wilcox has no time for spoiled brats or social media. He must keep the business running, his grumpy grandfather healthy, and himself deep in the closet. In his little town, there’s no way to come out to his friends and family and have things stay the same, so he’s better off alone.
Except life is complicated now that Bryce is staying at the bed and breakfast—he’s entirely too tempting and not as silly and shallow as Matty first thought. Giving in to his desire could only muddy the waters of the life he’s so carefully built. Any slipup would be dangerous for his business, his friendships, and most importantly, his heart. Besides, there’s no place for small-town Matty in Bryce’s big-city life. The two of them, together, don’t make sense.

Then again, since when does anything make sense when it comes to love—the greatest influencer of all?



Influenced by Felice Stevens was a great read, of which I expected nothing less. Additionally, the topic of social media and the influence it has on society was apropos, as this is always a hot button, especially with youth.

Bryce was part of an influential duo, his life in the spotlight, endorsing products and making a name for himself. Unfortunately, as we all know with trends, including people, the cancel culture can rear its ugly head very quickly. On a downward spiral after Bryce and his partner’s bad break up, Bryce sought solace, albeit unwillingly, in a small upstate Pennsylvania town.

Mattie ran a B & B on the family farm. Closeted, the man went through the motions of life, with baggage and lots of responsibility. Meeting Bryce was exactly what he needed.

Ms. Stevens delivered a lovely story of growth and perseverance. Both men needed to deal with their respective issues while finding themselves in who each really was and then together. I loved the dynamics between the two men. Bryce was bold and energetic. Mattie sweet and reserved. Together they complimented each other.

The secondary characters were awesome. Emma,  and especially Pop, stole the show.

I would love to see more of Serenity, PA and the great characters Ms. Stevens created.

Definite it’s S.E.X.

A five handcuff review


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2022 ©Evelise Archer All rights reserved. This is a work of fiction. All names, characters, locations, and incidents are products of the author’s imagination, or have been used fictionally. Any resemblance to actual persons living or dead, locales, or events is entirely coincidental. No portion of this work may be transmitted or reproduced in any form, or by any means, without permission in writing from the author.

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

S.E.X. Review~ Listen by RJ Scott

GLBTQ, MM, Single Dad Romance, adoption
Genre: Single Dad Romance
Trope: Hate to Love, Adoption, Family
Released: 18 March 2022
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Series: Single Dads
Length: 67,000 words
Cover Design: Meredith Russell
Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54009587-listen
All Buy Links can be found here: http://rjscott.co.uk/read-listen
Available – Wide Release
ISBN – 9781785642104

SERIES OVERVIEW

  1. Single – rjscott.co.uk/read-single
  2. Today – rjscott.co.uk/Read-Today
  3. Promise – rjscott.co.uk/Read-Promise 
  4. Always – rjscott.co.uk/Read-Always 
  5. Listen – rjscott.co.uk/read-listen

RJ SCOTT

RJ Scott, author of M/M romance.
Writing love stories with a happy ever after – cowboys, heroes, family, hockey, single dads, bodyguards

USA Today bestselling author RJ Scott has written over one hundred romance books. Emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, single dads, hockey players, millionaires, princes, bodyguards, Navy SEALs, soldiers, doctors, paramedics, firefighters, cops, and the men who get mixed up in their lives, always with a happy ever after.

She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn’t with family either reading or writing. The last time she had a week’s break from writing, she didn’t like it one little bit, and she has yet to meet a box of chocolates she couldn’t defeat.


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Excerpt~

“She’s fine.”

I wished he’d just let me talk. “I thought that—”

He didn’t even wait to hear what I was saying, exiting the room and slamming the door so hard the wall shook.

I stared at the space he’d been taking up as if it had all the answers. Five minutes, that was all that had passed in the aborted meeting, and I’d never witnessed such a range of emotions. I didn’t know how long I stared, but it was long enough to conclude that Nick Horner had lost his shit in a spectacular way. I picked up Hannah’s paperwork and shuffled it into a pile—lost in thought when the door flew open again—and Nick walked back in. He closed the door behind him and leaned there, his chin on his chest.

“Christ,” Nick muttered, then pressed his fingers to his forehead. 

“Mr. Horner?” I asked cautiously, not wanting to spark anything weird. There were only maybe five steps between us, and I was close enough to see his wet eyes—it wasn’t fear I was feeling, but compassion. “Nick?”

He winced when I used his name. Had I overstepped? Or was there something else going on? 

“Do you have a bathroom?” he asked.

I gestured to the end of the conference room, and he headed that way. I followed him a few steps, wondering if he needed something, confused as hell, and when he didn’t close the door but just splashed water on his face, I waited at the doorway for him to talk. 

“Do you need me to get anyone?” I asked.

He turned toward me so fast I took a step back. “No—I know there’s something going on with Hannah.” He pressed a wet hand to his chest and left a damp spot there. “I know in here that I’m letting her down because I can’t get my head straight, and she’s carrying a load I should be lifting.” He yanked paper towels from the supply and scrubbed his face, then threw them into the trash can. “I came back to apologize, but…” He pressed fingers to his temples and winced.

“Hannah is an exceptional student, and I just want what’s best for her.”

“I know that I’m failing at this, and if people find out how about her, how do you think this will look to them?” he asked tiredly, supporting his weight by gripping the vanity.

Wait? What? He was upset because he didn’t want people to know his daughter was struggling? “Sorry?” I was angry then. I couldn’t help it, and the irrational side of me spilled out all over him. “Are you saying you care more about your media profile than your daughter?”

“No. What?” He looked horrified. “That’s not what I meant. Of course, I don’t think that.”

“Really?”

“No! Yes. You don’t understand. There are people who think they know me and judge me for every goddamn move my family makes.”

His anger slipped, and in its place was a vulnerability so raw that I took a step closer and raised a hand. I didn’t know what I would do, touch him in reassurance, pat him, thump him for shouting at me? God knows, but he was confusing the hell out of me. 

“You don’t know what it’s like for everyone to be watching you all the time!” he said and then slumped.

 



Listen, Single Dads by RJ Scott was a nice addition to the series. I enjoyed all of the books in the series and Listen was no different. Elliot and Nick were like able characters, yet I had issue with both of them, especially Elliot.

The premise of Nick wanting to open his family to a small deaf child was a good storyline, as was Nick’s life and means. I enjoyed the interaction between Nick, his children, and Elliot’s family, but I found Elliot self absorbed and narcissistic. As an educator myself, it is not in our wheelhouse to stop the potential adoption of a child- that’s for the court system. Further, Elliot assisting Nick in learning to sign was a courtesy endeavor, not court appointed for his opinion- an unprofessional opinion at that since he was an English teacher, not hearing impaired or special education.

Once I got over my slight dislike of Elliot, I channeled my energy into the story, which I liked.

Ms. Scott always develops her story to capture your attention, no matter the emotional Investment.

Sexy & Sizzling

A four handcuff review


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2022 ©Evelise Archer All rights reserved. This is a work of fiction. All names, characters, locations, and incidents are products of the author’s imagination, or have been used fictionally. Any resemblance to actual persons living or dead, locales, or events is entirely coincidental. No portion of this work may be transmitted or reproduced in any form, or by any means, without permission in writing from the author.

Monday, March 14, 2022

S.E.X. Review~ Code Blue by N.R. Walker


Steve Frost had dreams of wearing the national championship belt in mixed martial arts, maybe even going pro, but instead, finds himself working as a security guard for the rich and famous in LA.

Quickly earning a reputation for his blunt and precise people management skills, he lands a position on the security team for an up-and-coming boyband, Atrous. Years later, he’s head of security. He knows these boys, and with countless tours, flights, car trips, public events, concerts, he’s closer to one band member in particular.

Jeremy’s been a pillar for Atrous since day one, but even more so these last few months. Now the face of the band more than ever, he’s also got himself the attention of a delusional stalker-fan.

When the fame and stress become too much, when Jeremy’s health takes a hit, Steve becomes Jeremy’s lifeline. But as Jeremy knows already, and as Steve is about to learn, not even the brightest star can shine forever.

 

N.R. Walker is such an auto read for me and every time I pick up another one of her books, my decision is solidified. Code Blue, the second book in the life of band Atrous gave the reader further insight into the lives of the young men who formed the band and the men and women who loved and guarded them. Book one, Code Red took us on the journey of band leader Maddox and personal manager Roscoe. In Code Blue we learn about Jeremy and the bodyguard Steve, whose secret desire and love was thought to never be revealed.

I adored both men, albeit Jeremy’s confusion with his feelings for Steve. Ms. Walker portrayed the uncertainty and conundrum tactfully and with care. She never made light of Jeremy’s emotions especially as he waded through them.

The rest of the band added dimension to the overall story and I hope we get to read more about them in the future.

I laughed and I cried and through it all, I smiled.

Definite S.E.X.

A five handcuff review


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BUY LINK:

http://mybook.to/NRWCodeBlue

 

N.R. Walker Bio

N.R. Walker is an Australian author, who loves her genre of gay romance. She loves writing and spends far too much time doing it, but wouldn’t have it any other way.

She is many things: a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who live in her head, who don’t let her sleep at night unless she gives them life with words.

She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things… but likes it even more when they fall in love.

She used to think having people in her head talking to her was weird, until one day she happened across other writers who told her it was normal.

 

She’s been writing ever since…

 

For more about N.R. Walker you can find her at:

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Email:

nrwalker@nrwalker.net

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2022 ©Evelise Archer All rights reserved. This is a work of fiction. All names, characters, locations, and incidents are products of the author’s imagination, or have been used fictionally. Any resemblance to actual persons living or dead, locales, or events is entirely coincidental. No portion of this work may be transmitted or reproduced in any form, or by any means, without permission in writing from the author.

Friday, February 18, 2022

S.E.X. Review~ Fall Guy by Felice Stevens

I hired him to protect my body, but who will protect my heart?

He’s a thief, a convicted felon.
A cocky guy with tattoos and a smirk for days.
He needs a bodyguard and I need a job, so here we are.
And the more time I spend with Ronan Michaels, the more I realize maybe he isn’t the bad guy after all.
But why do I feel like he’s hiding something or protecting someone?
Or both?

My Angel Gabriel has a devil on his shoulder.
He’s not a sinner—but certainly no saint.
He’s been lied to and abandoned. Hurt by people who should love him no matter what.
Gabriel’s discovered my secrets, yet the more I push him away, the closer he stands by my side.
And when his past crumbles, leaving him searching for answers, I’m right there for him, holding his hand.
Holding him up.
Because love is catching someone when they fall.
And never letting go.

 Fall Guy by Felice Stevens hit all the marks of a great read. Family drama, heartache, and love.

Ronan spent six years in federal prison for a crime he did not commit. Haunted by the death of his parents and the turn of events with his sister, Ronan hoped to get his life in order upon release. Gabriel had a great private security gig, and a one time lover who he though may have been the love of his life. A turn of events squashed the gig and the truth of his deceased lover led him straight towards Ronan’s path.

I adored both men- seasoned- sometimes hard, but always kind and considerate. A spoiled past does not make the man, but enhanced his good attributes, which was exactly what Ms. Steven did in this book. Each character was able to grow in their own skin, with each other, and come faced their pasts.

Fall Guy was beautifully written leaving this reader satisfied in all aspects. Ms. Stevens always takes you and transports a person into the story, felling every emotional upheaval and nuance, making you a part of the plot. MCs cry, the reader cries, they smile, you smile…..a testament to her ability to understand her audience.

Loved this book.

Definite S.E.X.

A five handcuff review


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2022 ©Evelise Archer All rights reserved. This is a work of fiction. All names, characters, locations, and incidents are products of the author’s imagination, or have been used fictionally. Any resemblance to actual persons living or dead, locales, or events is entirely coincidental. No portion of this work may be transmitted or reproduced in any form, or by any means, without permission in writing from the author.